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What Is A Maintenance Pending Suit?

Shamin Ali
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I have had to deal with a number of these applications and thought it would be useful to explain what a Maintenance Pending Suit is and the purpose of such an application. This application falls under the Matrimonial Causes Act section 22 1973 and is made...

In The Spotlight With Gill Adams Every Child Campaign Manager At ARC

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ARC have recently introduced ‘A Theatre Trip for Every Child’, it is a charitable giving scheme that aims to give every five year old child in Stockton the chance to experience their first trip to the theatre. ‘A Theatre Trip for Every...

Historical Abuse: Will Their Past Come Back To Haunt Them?"

Nathalie Clayton
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Reports of historical sexual abuse claims are increasing and becoming ever more prominent in the press. From the Jimmy Saville scandal in 2012 to the more recent allegations involving a number of Premier League football clubs and American film producer,...

An Overview Of Global Economic Activity & Valuations

Peter Jackson
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For the first time in a while, we seem to have some degree of reasonable and synchronised growth in all geographic and sectors of the world economy. The US and Canada, continental Europe, Asia (including China, India and Japan) along with many emerging...

Gazumping & Gazundering - What Can Parties Do To Protect Themselves?

Sara Garnett
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There is no worse feeling than getting close to contracts being exchanged and one party withdrawing from the transaction leaving the other party without a buyer for their existing property or without the property they were planning on moving into. ...

What Is A Separated Parents Information Programme & Do I Need To Attend?

Catherine Hughes
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In the vast majority of family cases where the Family Court is asked to make decisions about arrangements for children because parents cannot agree, the parents will be directed to attend a Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP). Under the...

Wrong Site Surgery & Other Never Events

Sylvia Taylor
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The NHS describes Never Events as ‘serious incidents that are entirely preventable as guidance, or safety recommendations providing strong systemic protective barriers, are available at a national level and should have been implemented by all...

In The Spotlight With Neil Schneider, Chief Executive Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council

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Tell Us About Your Role At Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Very few people know what we as a council really do.  The council is actually the second largest employer in the area with over 3,000 employees. We provide over 140 different services which...

Acid Attacks On The Rise

SherReene Cheah
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There has been an increase in acid attacks reports in recent times.  According to the Daily Mail, crime statistics show there were more than 450 such incidents in London alone last year with the number of attacks in the capital more than doubling since...

Legal 500 2017 Success For Tilly Bailey & Irvine

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In the year that Tilly Bailey & Irvine is celebrating 175 years in business i t is also celebrating its success in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 – a guide to the UK’s leading law firms. The firm has a first tier ranking for commercial...

Double Celebrations For Tilly Bailey & Irvine

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The official announcement of  the appointment of a new managing partner in the year that we are celebrating 175 years in business. Carolyn Tilly  has taken on the role of managing partner from 1 st October 2017 to replace John Hall who...

What Is The Difference Between A Lasting Power Of Attorney & An Enduring Power Of Attorney?

Joanne Tillotson
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Do I need to make a Lasting Power of Attorney if I already have an Enduring Power of Attorney in place?  Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s) were created under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and came into force on 1st October 2007. Prior to...

New Appointments At Tilly Bailey & Irvine

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We have recently appointed a family law expert to join our private client team based in our Wynyard office. This appointment coincides with two of our trainees qualifying as solicitors following their period of recognised training. ...

The New Pre Action Protocol For Debt Claims - Are You Ready?

Alison Leith
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Is your business ready for the new Pre –Action Protocol for Debt Claims, coming into force on 1 October 2017?  If you have missed this announcement, made by the Head of Civil Justice, The Right Honourable Sir Terence Etherton, now is the time to...

What Information Are Will Beneficiaries Entitled To?

Gemma Smith
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A lot of people are unsure as to whether they are entitled to see a copy of a will under which they benefit, and whether they are permitted so see any other documentation. Someone who is a trustee or personal representative may also be concerned to ensure...

Peter Jackson Explains The Stock Market

Peter Jackson
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Global stock and bond markets have had a good twelve months and many of them are at all time highs. From here, will they go higher or will there be falls or a correction? In stockmarket parlance, a correction is generally considered to be a pullback of 10%...

Accidents Abroad & What To Do

SherReene Cheah
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The summer break is over! The children are all back at school and most of us are now back at work.  What did you do during the long summer break?  Some of us may have been fortunate to have gone abroad for a planned family holiday.  Whilst...

Considerations When Carrying Out Alterations To A Leasehold Property

Andrew Beattie
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The question which is often asked by tenants is why they must obtain consent to carry out alterations to a leasehold property.  Ultimately the answer to this rests in the lease which will determine the relationship between the landlord and the tenant...

In The Spotlight With Chris March Of Remember Media

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Tell Us About Your Role In The Business: My role within Remember Media is Publisher and Managing Director.                                        ...

An Introduction To GDPR

Matthew Smith
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With the implementation of the GDPR ( General Data Protection Regulation ) fast approaching, we have produced a series of articles which will set out key elements of the new regulation in bite-size detail.   This first instalment answers...

Buying An Insolvent Business - Considerations On Both Sides Of The Coin

Michael Stevens
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Whenever a corporate acquisition takes place there are numerous considerations for the buyer and seller to take into account and mitigating and allocating risk is usually the primary focus. However, when acquiring a business subject to formal insolvency...

Shortcomings Of Bank Guarantees For Tenants

Andrew Beattie
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Although a bank guarantee may be thought of as being an attractive form of security for a tenant to provide to a landlord, primarily because of the covenant strength of the guarantor, there are often significant shortcomings in this type of security. Bank...

Why Has My DNA Been Found On A Murder Weapon I Didn't Touch?

John Ellwood
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In order to answer the above question you have to in effect ask two further questions Is it certain that the sample found actually contains my DNA? and; If it does, how did it get there? There is a lot of complex science involved in answering the two...

In The Spotlight With Tom Riley Of WhiteWash Laboratories

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Tell Us About Your Role In The Business: I am the Co-Founder and Managing Director.                                              ...

Update On Employment Tribunal Fees July 2017

Joan Casson
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On 26 July 2017, the most recent impediment to tribunal claims was overturned with immediate effect.  On that date the Supreme Court ruled that the fee system in place since July 2013, which required people claiming at employment tribunals to pay fees...

What To Do About A Dispute Over Your Holiday Timeshare

Calum Dickson
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A timeshare is a holiday home shared by numerous consumers. Within a timeshare, consumers will pay fees toward the property in return for the exclusive use of the property at a certain time. The exclusive use of the property can either be for an agreed fixed...

What To Do If You Are A Victim Of Misrepresentation

Christopher Gardner
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It is common knowledge that a lot of personnel in sales have targets that they are required to hit in order to be appropriately remunerated. Whether this is at a car garage or in your home or place of business, I’m sure you’ve all been party to...

Some Of Our Successful Personal Injury Claims Payouts

Kay Ditcham
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Here in the Personal Injury Department we deal with a broad range of injury claims on behalf of our clients.  We have many types of case such as accidents at work, industrial disease, road traffic, criminal injuries, and public liability or...

Annaliese Barber 'Steps' Up With A New Accreditation

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Annaliese Barber  who has worked for the firm since 1996 has become a full member of STEP (Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners), the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession...

How To Recognise If You Have A Work Related Illness

Helen Elstob
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An individual who has developed an occupational illness may be entitled to claim compensation from his/her employer and/or benefits from the Department of Work and Pensions.  More commonly known conditions are asbestosis, pleural thickening and...

Should I Act As A Guarantor for My Child's University Accommodation?

Sara Garnett
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It's  coming up to that time of year when university accommodation is being looked at and terms agreed with landlords.  We are often contacted by parents who have been asked to guarantee the tenancy agreement which is being signed.  What...

'Nothing Is Certain But Death And Taxes'

Annaliese Barber
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The first use of this saying was by Daniel Defoe in ‘The Political History of the Devil’ way back in 1726.  However, the more familiar form is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, US President, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1817, when he...

How The Misdiagnosis Of A Fracture Can Lead To Medical Negligence Compensation

Sylvia Taylor
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The scaphoid is one of the bones located at the base of the thumb.  A fracture of the scaphoid bone usually occurs as a result of a fall onto an outstretched hand. The usual medical procedure is to examine the wrist and hand.  In all wrist...

Significant Changes For Those With Significant Control - PSC Register News

Craig Malarkey
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Out With The New(ish) & In With The New(er) In 2016 the UK introduced a new reporting standard and system into UK Company Law in an attempt to improve corporate transparency and accountability for those entities that actually control and own UK...

Commercial Searches - Are They Necessary?

Kirsty Sills
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Purchasing a property can be quite daunting, especially if it is for the first time and costs can seem to increase rapidly.  One of the most common questions asked, especially if the purchaser is already in occupation of the property, is “do we...

Challenging Wills & Inheritance Claims

Gemma Smith
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 ‘Contentious Probate’ disputes are on the rise.  However, what exactly does contentious probate mean and what scenarios does it cover?  I often get asked a number of common queries which I set out below. What Is Contentious...

Who Will Take Care Of My Children When I'm Gone?

Joanne Tillotson
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Watching our children grow into adults and them flying the nest is something that we take for granted. For others, the heart-breaking and unthinkable happens, dying when your children are young or infants. Although most will not have to deal with this heart...

In The Spotlight With John Harrington Of Top Brass

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Tell Us About Your Role At Top Brass? My daughter once asked me to describe what I do. After 15 minutes of going through a normal working week she looked up and said “So basically you watch other people work?” Oh the truth hurts so much when...

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Are 2017 Northern Law Awards Finalists

Alison Leith
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The Northern Law Awards takes place on Thursday, 1 st June at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead. In the year when Tilly Bailey & Irvine celebrates 175 years in business, we are delighted to be shortlisted for the Law Firm of the Year Award and...

Law Society Accreditation News For Our Wills & Probate Team

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Our Wills & Probate Team has been appointed as an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (‘WIQS’) which provides a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice.  ...

False Economy - Take Advice Before Its Too Late!

Joan Casson
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We understand that when you’re trying to run a business, just getting on with the day-to-day tasks can take all of your time.  Other matters seem so much more urgent than, for example, an employee’s repeated lateness, repeated minor mistakes...

The Tale Of Mr B & His Tripping Claim

SherReene Cheah
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Mr B had had a busy day at work. He was tired and all he wanted was to get home and climb into his bed for a good night's sleep ready for a new day.  Unfortunately, whilst he was walking home along the path, he tripped over a raised paving and...

In The Spotlight With Matthew Ord From KMS Partners

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Tell Us About Your Role At KMS Partners I am the director of business development, sounds great, right? Well actually it’s a lot better than that. I play golf very badly for a living and, as the girls would say, “he just schmoozes with...

Am I Too Young To Make A Will?

Joanne Tillotson
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It has been reported that the younger generation are not managing their affairs or  taking the subject of making a Will seriously. According to  Prosperitas Financial Solutions  " 87% of under 35’s do not have a...

In the Spotlight With Olympic Champion Matt Wylie MBE

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Tell Us About You  I am 20 years old and I am a full-time athlete, currently training at City of Sunderland Swimming Club. I am part of the British Swimming Para Swim Team. Last year 2016 I become Paralympic Champion in S9 50 Freestyle (at my first...

How To Make Sure Your Vulnerable Loved Ones Are Safe In Care

Helen Elstob
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It can be a worrying time when our loved ones enter the care system, whether it is because of physical or mental ill health. Families need to know that they are safe and well cared for.  It is an area that I am passionate about because as well as...

What Duty Is Owed To Patients By Non-Medical Hospital Staff ?

Kay Ditcham
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There is no doubt that the NHS is under a great deal of pressure.  Accident and Emergency Departments all over the country handle large volumes of injured patients every day and they are of course under a duty to prioritise the needs of those...

Does Existing Legislation Affect Commercial Property Landlords?

Christopher Gardner
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Almost 10 years ago the introduction of the Climate Change Act 2008 emphasised the government’s willingness to fight climate change and reduce carbon emissions by setting a target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.  It is...

We Take A Look At President Trump & His Policies

Peter Jackson
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Why have the US (and other) stock markets gone up since the election against all odds? Markets can be very fickle. The rise since the US election day has taken nearly all pundits by surprise.   In the cold light of day investors woke up and first of...

Ilott v Mitson - Is The Principle of Testamentary Freedom Restored?

Calum Dickson
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The principle of testamentary freedom is a long standing feature of English law. Put simply, this means that a person who creates a Will has the right to leave their estate to anyone they wish to do so. Although there are many ways in which the validity of...